If you have worked in a job that involves you carrying out a repetitive motion, then you may have been unfortunate enough to have developed a repetitive strain injury. These injuries can be incredibly debilitating to live with on a day to day basis. However, if you are provided with the right treatment there is chance to make a full recovery from an injury of this kind. Getting repetitive strain or carpal tunnel compensation can be an important step in getting on the road to recovery.
What are repetitive strain injury claims?
Repetitive strain injury claims can be made when you have suffered an injury due to carrying out a task multiple times over a long period of time. Some of the most common symptoms of repetitive strain injuries can include:
- Tingling and/or numbness in your hands or fingers
- Cramp and pain in the affected area
- Weakness or loss of grip in your hands
- Stiffness and tenderness in your arms, hands or legs
- Burning, aching or shooting pains in your limb
In order to try and improve the symptoms of repetitive strain injury, it is important to make yourself as comfortable as possible at your workstation and avoid slouching in your seat or typing incorrectly. The NHS has suggested limiting the number of keystrokes that you have to use on your computer or on a portable device with predictive text. Slowing down the speed that you use your mouse can also improve any potential repetitive strain injuries. Make sure that you are using a desk chair that appropriately supports your back and won’t cause any back pain in addition to RSI in your hands and fingers
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a specific repetitive strain injury that can ultimately involve very painful surgery if you do not prevent and treat any symptoms at an early stage. It is a condition that occurs in your wrists and is the result of pressure being forced onto the median nerve, which is a major nerve that is located inside your wrist. It can be caused by frequent bending of your wrist, gripping too hard or using vibrating tools. In order to avoid the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome worsening, you may have to wear supportive hand splints which carrying out particular tasks that aggravate your symptoms. Carpal tunnel compensation may be available to you to help with your recovery.
Which jobs put me most at risk of developing a repetitive strain injury?
Office workers are not the only people who are susceptible to developing repetitive strain injuries. Another job role that could put you at risk of a repetitive strain injury is being a factory worker who may perform repetitive tasks on a production line and has to remain in a difficult posture for a long time.
Industrial disease solicitors will be able to help you with any claims that you may have that can aid you towards getting on the road to recovery. If you feel that you have developed a repetitive strain injury, it is best to deal with your symptoms as soon as possible in order to avoid them worsening.